Tuesday, July 29, 2008

£3 an hour

Yesterday I had a very unnerving experience of meeting some women who said that they legally get paid around £3 per hour - bearing in mind that the national minimum wage is £5.52.

I've not yet decided what to do with this information except feel ashamed that we live in a country where some of the poorest people are paid a fraction of the national minimum wage.



Blogger grace said...

But how was it legal? I've had friends paid below £4 because they were working without a UK work permit or NI number (not legal) and I've been paid £3 because I was told it "wasn't a real job" (not legal)... how can one legally be paid like that?

9:48 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Grace - they work on piecerate, so technically I guess they are self-employed rather than employed, so the minimum wage regulations don't apply.

12:24 PM  

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